Summer is about to (unofficially) come to a close, and while it has been an interesting few months, one thing stayed the same this season – your water heater was in demand. From loads of pool and beach towels, to bathing suits and sweaty clothes, your washing machine has certainly been running around the clock. Post swimming and after outdoor activity showers took place multiple times a day. And, with everyone at home more often, dishes piled high, putting your dishwasher to work multiple times a day.
With all of this hot water usage, older or run down equipment may be struggling to keep up. And, a struggling heater may leave you wondering if it is time to replace your water heater.
Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Water Heater
Waiting for your water heater to kick-the-bucket can cause a major mess if your water tank lets go, and a major inconvenience when your family is out of hot water. Watch out for the following signs that your water heater is ready for retirement:
- Your hot water just isn’t as hot as it used to be. If your showers are cut short by a lack of hot water, or you suddenly have to schedule time in between a load in the washing machine and your evening bath, your water heater is most likely on the decline.
- The tank is leaking. From a small leak to a sizable puddle, anytime that your water heater leaks is a cause for concern. We strongly suggest calling in a professional plumber as soon as possible to avoid the water tank giving out completely, potentially pouring out gallons and gallons of water in your home.
- A rusty hue can be seen in the water. When your water starts to appear rusted or dirty there is an issue with your tank. It may be rusting on the inside, or filling up with sediment and debris. A professional flush and drain service may be able to help, but it could also be a sign that your tank is on its way out.
- You hear your water heater. Loud noises, screeches and bangs should not be coming from your water heater. And, if your unit starts blaring sounds it is because it is trying to tell you something – and the message is most likely that it is getting ready for retirement.
- The equipment is 10+ years old. Water heaters that are a decade old – or older – have reached their operating life. A new unit will relieve you of worrying about the risk of a break down while offering you warmer water and more efficient heating.
Contact Our Professional Plumbers
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of a soon-to-retire water heater, contact us today. We will send out a licensed and insured water heater expert that will help you choose the right unit for your home and your family’s hot water usage.